Growing up, I was lucky enough to never know anyone with Breast Cancer....and then I met Jennie. This beautiful girl who I instantly fell for and was lucky enough to have her fall for me. When we first started dating, I never would have imagined that she would have lead me here.
You see, Jennie is more than just a beautiful 19-year-old girl, she is an amazing young woman who grew up in the shadow of Breast Cancer. Her mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast Cancer when she was just four years old and is the fourth generation of women in her family to battle this disease. Jennie herself, was recently diagnosed BRCA positive. That means she has over a 90% chance of developing breast cancer before she is 50 and will become high risk ten years before her mother's first diagnosis.... that means her risk to develop Breast Cancer spikes at just 24 years old! Even though she lives each day knowing these horrible statistics, you would never know it by her amazing smile and the joy that she and her family have brought into my life and the lives of so many others.
I know that this young lady was brought into my life not just to make a difference in me, but so I can help make a difference in the world. As a nursing major, I have always wanted to help people live long and healthy lives, but this battle is personal. In meeting her and her family, and sharing in her life, I have seen first-hand what it means to battle a disease with dignity and how much supporting a loved one can truly make a difference.
I ask you to join me as I take on the challenge to raise $2,300 and walk 60 miles to help find a cure for breast cancer. I have heard what it means to watch someone you love battle this disease and I have learned that nobody should have to go through this regardless of their strength and support. I am excited that I will walk with these amazing people and be a part of creating a world without breast cancer.
Please support me as I take on an incredible challenge to make an impact in the fight to end Breast Cancer. No donation is too small as together we take important steps towards finding a cure. The Susan G. Komen 3-Day® isn’t just a 60-mile walk over the course of three days—it’s a journey to the end of breast cancer. In 2016, Komen announced a Bold Goal—to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026. That’s why I’m walking, and raising money—to make that goal a reality.